Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advisory Sub-Group on Universities and Colleges


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The Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advisory Sub-Group on Universities and Colleges will give detailed consideration to how public health and related scientific advice can be applied to operational implementation. 

It will support Scottish Ministers and relevant Scottish Government senior officials to:

  • interpret SAGE and COVID-19 Advisory Group outputs as well as other emerging scientific and public health evidence, in relation to university and college issues in the context of Scotland
  • provide expert advice spanning the disciplines of public health, clinical advice, behavioural sciences, economics and statistical modelling, combined with expertise in educational and other issues relevant to universities and colleges
  • advise Scottish Government, relevant Directorates, and ASD colleagues on taking a strategic approach to identifying, accessing and using data to support our understanding of managing Covid-19 risks in university and college settings
  • provide expert advice, recognising the four harms, to support and inform the development of guidance for universities and colleges, and as an aid to forward planning for both sectors
  • develop links with other SG COVID-19 Advisory sub-groups, as appropriate


  • Professor Linda Bauld, Interim Chief Social Policy Adviser, SG (Chair).
  • Professor Julie Fitzpatrick, Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland, SG
  • Professor Marion Bain, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, SG
  • Professor Chris Chapman, Chair in Educational Policy and Practice, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Brigid Daniel, Professor Emerita, Queen Margaret University
  • Professor Paul Flowers, Professor of Psychology, University of Strathclyde
  • Professor Devi Sridhar, Chair of Global Public Health, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Steven Reicher, Bishop Wardlaw Professor, University of St Andrews
  • Professor Ian Rivers, Professor of Education for Social Change, University of Strathclyde
  • Dr Diane Stockton, Chief Officer: Education Recovery and COVID-19 Vaccination Surveillance, Public Health Scotland
  • Dr Ellie Hothersall, Consultant in Public Health, NHS Tayside
  • Gary Gillespie, Chief Economist, Scottish Government
  • Linda McKay, SG Non-Executive Director and former Principal of Forth Valley College
  • Eileen Scott, Public Health Intelligence Principal, Public Health Scotland
  • Jon Vincent, Principal and Chief Executive of Glasgow Clyde College


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory Sub-Group on Universities and Colleges: terms of reference and remit



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